nigel222
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Is concrete dust from remodel dangerous?
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It's not a major hazard (unlike asbestos). If you live in a big city, its not uncommon to find your car coated with similar dust from construction and demolition work. The risk is primarily to the ...

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Masonry bits dulling after 3-4 holes
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An SDS-plus hammer drill will make holes very fast using a bit that starts hardly sharp and rapidly becomes completely dull. It really doesn't care, because it's a pneumatic hammer action and the ...

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While drilling into kitchen wall, hit a wire - any advice?
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A DIY repair may be possible, though ugly, even if the wires are trapped so you cannot pull through any extra length or a replacement length of cable. Attach a 1-gang box to the wall in exactly the ...

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Small nick on power cord from an electric alarm clock, and copper wiring exposed but intact
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Insulating tape will make it safe in the short term. In the long term (or if accessible to pets or children) it can come off or be pulled off. It is often hard to replace the power cord. Sometimes ...

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How to remove screws from old decking
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When the plank is to be replaced you can cut the plank either side of the joist (I drilled a hole to start then a power jigsaw to cut). Then split the small remaining bit of plank along its grain ...

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Make a hole deeper than the drill bit is long
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For a hole that diameter in concrete I'd strongly recommend a diamond core cutter. If it's a one-off operation, you can hire one, or you may even find a tradesperson who specializes in drilling such ...

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Why aren’t there water shutoff valves for each room?
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Here in the UK you commonly find a stopcock in the kitchen for the cold supply to everything except the sink, in the cupboard under the sink (Sometimes the hot as well, but most appliances are cold ...

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Confusion over 220 and 230 volt outlets
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Just for interest, here in the UK the reverse happened. Our national supply used to be nominally 240V, but at some point (perhaps for inter-operability with the EU) it was dropped to 230V. In any case ...

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Cordless drill or impact driver for household projects?
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What is your house made of? If you have walls all made of plasterboard (sheetrock), then a cordless drill without hammer action may be all you need. If you have brick walls you need hammer action. If ...

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Is wiring with melted insulation and exposed copper dangerous?
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There's one important additional consideration. This damage is in a kitchen. Is it to a wire at floor level, or a decent height above? Because a kitchen is quite likely to suffer a flood, say, if the ...

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How do I get over my fear of using power tools?
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Circular saws scare me also. I don't own one. I don't do enough that needs one. Also. shops will cut sheet materials to the length or width you want for a small charge per cut, using a massive ...

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Is a vertical crack in a wall stud okay as long as the wall isn't load bearing?
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If I was sure about not at all load-bearing, use screws and wood glue as per Alaska Man's answer. If it was bearing some load but was not critical to the structure of the house, then you could ...

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Hanging string lights from stone
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[Updated, since the target is the tall stone pillars, not the stone wall] I would be reluctant to drill into the stone, not least because it may open the way to water penetration and frost-shattering....

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Turning a hard to access nut?
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I would try with my socket set and ratchet handle. If there's enough space to get the socket and ratchet over the nut, then you need only a few degrees of wiggle at right-angles to the nut in order to ...

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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?
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Softwood rots quite quickly, when water gets into it. Which it inevitably will unless you live in a desert. One option is to replace it all with a non-rotting material such as PVC. If you do replace ...

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Electrical wiring question - How can I get 1300 watts x2 from a 15 ampere breaker by splitting amp
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This is probably not the answer you are looking for, but in the interests of preventing house fires: Please always specify what country you are in, so that you can be advised appropriately of local ...

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LED Light bulbs burning out much sooner than expected
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""for use in completely enclosed fixtures" ??!! As far as I know, no LED bulb can be used in a fixture that does not permit fairly free airflow around the bulb. They are solid-state ...

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